Richmond, VA Public and Private Schools Overview

On Monday, December 10, 2012 - 16:37

Richmond students have plenty of options when it comes to education. The area includes two strong public school systems, as well as several private schools.

Public Schools

Richmond Public Schools district includes 27 elementary schools, eight middle schools and five high schools, as well as 13 specialty schools. In addition, the district has three preschools including the Regional Preschool Learning Center at Blackwell Elementary School, Regional Preschool Learning Center at Maymont and MLK Jr. Regional Preschool Learning Center at Norrell Elementary School.

Located nearby, Henrico County Public Schools district includes 45 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 11 high schools and technical centers. The school system also has Specialty Centers in each high school and at three of the middle schools, offering advanced courses.

Private Schools

Open to young men, Benedictine College Preparatory is a Catholic school with a strong military program. The school, established in 1911, was one of the first private military schools in the United States. Also offering a Catholic college preparatory education, Saint Gertrude High School is open to young women in high school and is the only institution of its kind in Virginia.

Richmond is home to another all girls school: St. Catherine's School. It was founded in 1890 by Virginia Randolph Ellett in order to prepare young women for higher education. Today, the school is open to girls in elementary, middle and high school, and enrolls nearly 1,000 students.

Located in Chesterfield County, Richmond Christian School educates both girls any boys from grade five to 12. The school provides a Christian-based curriculum, as well as athletics and a fine arts department with music, drama and visual art. Another co-ed Christian school is Victory Christian Academy, which offers a Bible-based curriculum and an athletic program to students from kindergarten through grade 12.

Collegiate School welcomes boys and girls in kindergarten through grade 12, preparing them for higher education. New Community School is also a college preparatory school, but its curriculum is designed for dyslexic students.

Providing tuition-free education to students from low income families, Saint Andrews School features a curriculum with language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, as well as art, music, physical education and more.

Check out Richmond's colleges and universities.